Top 3 things that Architecture businesses need to do before 2022

Nov 13, 2021

18 minutes

In this blog, we will share vital information that architects like you need to know before 2022. 

Is your plan done?

2021’s almost over, and it’s time to plan for 2022. Some of you may have figured out your goals for next year, and some are probably still thinking about the strategies you need to employ to grow your drafting and rendering business in the years to come. Before finalizing your plans and budget for next year, We highly recommend that you pause and read this one first because, in this blog, we will share vital information that you need to know before 2022. 

Top 3  

1. Produce designs that promote ...


Constructing buildings that are planet-friendly is not new in the industry. Ever since talks on climate change became prevalent in the 1970s, companies from different sectors, including those in the construction industry, participated in the movement to protect the planet. 

Over the years, more and more businesses, governments, and organizations joined the movement by building eco-friendly structures. 

According to the Natural Stone Institute, one of the earliest and most notable structures built to address issues on climate change was the Willis Building (fka the Willis Faber and Dumas Headquarters) in England. The said building utilized mirrored windows, a day-lighted atrium, and a grass roof.

The Gregory Bateson Building in California is another example. This structure has under-floor rock-store cooling systems and area climate-control devices. It also utilizes energy-sensitive photovoltaic (solar cells), which are very much helpful in transforming solar energy into usable electricity that eliminates greenhouse gas emissions. 

Based on studies, approximately 40% of the world’s total carbon emissions came from buildings, and it is by far the largest emitter of the said pollutant. This statistic has inspired mega businesses like Apple and Amazon to become carbon neutral. In some countries like Canada and the U.S., the government promoted Net-zero homes construction. CHBA of Canada even provided a list of qualified Net-zero home builders to help and encourage businesses into energy conservation and waste reduction. 

Meanwhile, other businesses are driven to build environment-friendly buildings because it provides more benefits and opportunities than costs. 

With all these events taking place, expect that more countries and organizations worldwide will cooperate, thus resulting in the formulation of more policies that promote the building of eco-friendly structures.

Make sure you’re ready when these happen. As early as now, start investing your time and energy in developing floor plans and designs that help the environment so you’ll not lose any profitable opportunity that may come your way in 2022. 

2. Be knowledgeable about...

Your industry, including the newest player in the market, a.k.a your competitors. 

What is the current market outlook in your industry? Will there be new players in the market you’re in? How prepared are you to compete with them? Knowing these things may seem unnecessary, especially if you or your team of artists produce quality renderings; however, take note that almost everyone in the field does. Therefore, You need to know about the market outlook and players, so you know how to position your firm and strategize to attain growth and stability for your business. 

The Market outlook

  • From 2021 to 2028, the global architectural services market size is anticipated to expand at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 4.7%. Grand View Research (GVR) reports. 

A growing market is a good indication that more opportunities are coming your way. It might not be in your region, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not yours. With the advancement of technology and the current growth and development of remote work, who says you can’t? Explore the economy that transcends all borders, and make sure to get your share in that 4.7!

  • In 2020, the industrial sector was the biggest end-user of architectural services, accounting for 40% of the total market share, followed by the government and residential sectors. (GVR)

All other factors aside, you now know the type of floor plans and renderings you need to focus on and develop further. 

The (next) record holders

These companies could be your competitors or, the opposite, your potential thought-leaders. 

  • Gensler, the firm that ranked first in the yearly Architectural Record’s Top 300 Architecture Firms in the U.S. for 10 consecutive years
  • Foster + Partners, the winner of Architizer's Best of the Year award for 2021 under the category, Best XL firm.
  • BIG, Icon, and Lennar, firms that are set to build the world's largest 3D-Printed Neighborhood next year. 
  • SHoP Architects and Warren Wetmore, the architectural firm behind Steinway Tower, the thinnest skyscraper in the world.  
  • Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, the firm behind the Central Park Tower (a.k.a Nordstrom Tower), the tallest primarily residential building in the world. This building is a few walks away from Steinway Tower.
  • White Arkitekter, the designer of the world's second tallest mass-timber building in the world known as Sara Cultural Centre in Norway. It is also one of the seven greenest buildings in the world based on the recently concluded global climate summit (COP26) last Nov 12.

You may be wondering, how come they are your competitors?

In the mind of your potential clients who look after the works of these companies as a model for their next projects, they are indeed your competitors, so make sure you know how these record holders work. 

Now, let's have the last thing that you need for your architectural firm before 2022.

3. Stay updated with...

The latest industry practice, innovations, and breakthrough services. 

Latest Practice

  • 3D printing is driving the architecture market.  The latest way to bring your projects to life. 3D printing only takes hours to days to be produced and allows the businesses to get savings as high as 75%. However, 3D printing has its disadvantages too, and they’re quite a lot. Before trying this, make sure you’re ready to face the consequences

Latest Innovations

  • Wood.e a.k.a., “The Electrified Wood.” Wood.e is a built-up composite comprised of preformed wooden elements with metal layers. It allows electrical elements to be plugged directly into the wood without the use of any cables. 
    This innovation is an excellent addition to your supply options. Make sure to include them! 

Breakthrough Service

  • ProgressGuide - a subscription-based rendering service platform where you can order high-quality floor plans and 3d renderings as much as you want, as long as there are slots*! ProgressGuide employs a system where all you have to do is fill out a project wizard (insert a link to project wizard) and wait until your project is ready for approval and delivery.

*slots may vary depending on your subscription (insert a link to subscription page).

Do you want to get as many projects as you want but are too overwhelmed to take care of them all? Get our service and let us take care of your projects for you, so all you have to do is focus on upscaling your business. 

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Are you feeling ready for 2022 after reading this blog? Are you ready to produce designs that promote sustainability? Have you been informed about the market outlook and the next record holders in your industry? Are you now updated with the latest practice, innovation, and breakthrough service in your industry? 

If your answer is “yes,” please feel free to share this blog but if it is a “no,” let us know how we can help(insert contact link) you!

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This article was last updated on Jul 10, 2024